St. Pete official offers ideas for cutting costs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The St. Petersburg City Council may not like a cost-cutting idea proposed by the city administrator.

Tish Elston suggested this week that the city could save at least $150,000 a year by cutting three seats from the eight-member city council. She outlined her plan Tuesday to a nine-member board reviewing changes to the city's charter.

The council members make annual salaries and benefits of about $50,000 each.

The city's voters approved the expansion of the council from six to eight seats in 1982.

The review board will present findings to the city council later this year as part of a charter review done every 10 years.

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